Rebecca Fox

Good and bad news about region's skinks

A revision of the threat status of New Zealand's reptiles has shown Otago and grand skinks have recovered dramatically in managed areas at Macraes Flat, while other populations continue to decline.

Community rallies for fire victims

Community rallies for fire victims

A new tree house was a surprise for the Hayward family, who lost their last one in a hedge fire that nearly claimed their Ravensbourne home.

3 years before kiwis breed

It will be three years before the kiwi being transferred to Orokonui Ecosanctuary will breed.

Kiwi in city after 130 years

Kiwi in city after 130 years

Up to eight of New Zealand's most endangered kiwi, the Haast tokoeka, will be rehoused in Orokonui Ecosanctuary's predator-proof enclosure from the end of next month.

Dredging compromises harbour 'healthiness'

Dredging compromises harbour 'healthiness'

Continued dredging of Otago Harbour will make an impact on its health but as it is a heavily modified harbour, it is a question of what the community can live with, University of Otago marine science Associate Professor Abby Smith says.

Worst-hit farmers to get support first

Farmers around the Wyndham and Kaiwera areas hardest hit by last week's storm will be the first to be visited today by a team offering support and food parcels.

Cairns sees vital role for regional councils

Cairns sees vital role for regional councils

Environment stewards, economic developers or both? Rebecca Fox talks to retiring Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns about the role of the local body.

Bulk-water funding plan development

A proposal by Otago Regional Council chief executive Graeme Martin on how the council could assist in funding bulk-water infrastructure in the region is to be developed.

Proposed forestry standard 'rubbish'

Absolute rubbish" is how Otago regional councillor Duncan Butcher describes a proposed national environmental standard for plantation forestry.

Award honours volunteer

Award honours volunteer

In just eight years, Dunedin woman Pru Casey has made a lasting impact on surf life-saving.